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Should we encourage child beggars?

indian_beggary_2He was following me everywhere in the market, it was so embarrassing. At last , just to get rid of him, I almost thrushed a two- rupee coin in his hand but suddenly a voice caught my attention DON'T ENCOURAGE THEM! They would do it again.!!!..


He was following me everywhere in the market, it was so embarrassing. At last , just to get rid of him, I almost thrushed a two- rupee coin in his hand but suddenly a voice caught my attention DON'T ENCOURAGE THEM! They would do it again.!!!..I ignored the voice within me and went on. However, deep inside my heart, I pondered-what would he do if not beg.?What can we expect out of an 8 yrs old small child considering that we condemn 'child labor'. I tried my best to avoid thinking about it but then a few steps away, I saw a boy frying samosas and the size of the pan was almost as big as he himself was. (not to mention, the hot oil that was boiling inside the pan).But the boy didn't seem to be aware of all that. And then it stroked in my mind what that little boy would be doing if not begging. Probably, would be working for a small restaurant or dhaba for over 15 hrs and bearing the abuses and the physical torture of everyone around. Or probably, selling some stuff on the roads and risking his life very minute on signals. I could differentiate between the two which one would sound easier to him. Certainly, begging seems to be the easiest way to get food for at least one time.

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And there are so many heartening incidents that we witness every day....I still do remember the child who was selling the iron badges and plastic flags on republic day and I was reluctant to pay 10 bucks for it. Sadly the kid turned to the others. And then without any further attempt, he moved on to see some more denials. But I could not miss to look at his disappointed eyes on seeing people who were fiddling with 8000 worth mobiles but were not ready to spend 10 bucks for him. And I am badly confused now. Where should I not encourage them? To beg in the streets or to work in inhuman conditions trying to make a living somehow...

I really respect all those kids who actually do their best to fight all the odds that life has offered them and still staying "in the game" and giving it a strong opposition. And those who beg I hope we all are aware, to an extent, how they are being forced to do the same! Early in the morning they are set off by their parents to beg on bus stops or public places, handing them a picture of some Gods n Goddesses uttering strange mantras.... Should we not take any action against such parents who force their kids to beg? It's hard to figure out how things should be worked out. We want these kids to take good education but we can't offer support! We don't want them to beg because as per some intellectuals, beggars are a menace to any society and we don't want to spend money on them because well, I believe we have some better things to spend money on like, mobile recharges, hanging around with friends, gifts for friends. Finally, things remain in this vicious circle only....and the answer to the question- 'Should we encourage beggary'- remains unanswered..!

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